To tell time in Spanish:para vs menos
nine fifty-five or five to ten. You can use either para or menos. I think both are correct. Do you know which regions use which?
Welcome to the forum, tommykatts.
Both forms are understood in most areas.
In Spain: "Son las diez menos cinco."
In Latin America you will hear the "Faltan cinco mintos para las diez" or "Son las nueve con cincuenta y cinco minutos".
But - really - to my knowledge all forms are understood everywhere. It would be like saying in English: "It's one thirty" vs. "It's half past one". Everyone understands what you are saying.